More times than not, there probably aren’t many who wouldn’t want Tom Brady’s life up to this point.
Let’s see: Established career? Check. Super Bowl winner? Check, times three. Supermodel for a girlfriend? Check, although she’s now got to put up with Tom being a father of someone else's baby. Young and in the prime of his life? Check and check.
When Brady was selected 199th overall in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, not many believed he wouldn’t amount into even a serviceable backup, never the less a three-time Super Bowl champion.
Brady holds the NFL record for most consecutive wins in the post season at 10 and has an overall postseason record of 12-2. Not only did he win three Super Bowls, but also he was the M.V.P. in two of those games and has been to four Pro Bowls.
Just think, he wasn’t even supposed to be a starter for the Patriots. That job was held for Drew Bledsoe until the veteran suffered a collapsed lung and internal bleeding in a ’01 regular season contest vs. the Jets. In steps Brady and the rest is history, as the 24-year old, second year quarterback from Michigan leads New England through the rest of the ‘01 season and to an eventual title over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.
Not to pile it on, but Brady was also one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in ‘02 and Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year in ‘05.
Of course, even with as much success as Brady has had over his career, there are still critics who say that the young man is just a “system quarterback”. The term refers to a player who seemingly only has success in a certain scheme or playbook, but when taken out of that situation, he would more than likely fail. Whether the label is just or not, the Patriots would be crazy to let their franchise signal caller escape them. It seems that the debate will always remain a moot point unless New England strikes gold again in the sixth round and Brady is let go.
More often than not, these critics are often quieted by the way Brady leads his team with his cool, collect manner. When it all comes down to it, Brady is compared more to Joe Montana than a “system quarterback”.
New England Patriots: Tom Brady
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Rotoworld Player Page: Tom Brady
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Tom Brady Wikipedia Page
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"Tom Brady Tribute"
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Latest on Brady
Brady put together another masterful season, compiling 4,806 yards, 50 touchdowns and a 117.2 QB rating. He was also named to his fourth Pro Bowl and won the 2007 MVP Award. His New England Patriots failed to became only the second team in NFL history to finish a season undfeated, however, as they were defeated by the New York Giants 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII.
News and Commentary
Tom Brady easily wins AP's NFL MVP Award
The Patriots' record-setting quarterback drew all but one vote in romping to The Associated Press 2007 NFL MVP award in the same manner his team romped through its schedule, going 16-0.
Brady Leads Patriots to Super Bowl Greatness
Three times is a charm: Tom Brady leads the Patriots to a 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the XXXIX Super Bowl.
Tom Brady leads the New England Patriots to a championship win over the Carolina Panthers and claims his second Super Bowl MVP trophy.
Third Times a Charm
It was the first of three Super Bowl wins for the Patriots and the first of two MVP trophies for Tom Brady: The Super Bowl XXXVI shocker of the Patriots defeating the Rams 20-17.
Confidence: Brady joining elite QB bunch
This USA Today article from ‘04 was just before Brady won his second Super Bowl title. The article highlights Brady’s strengths in the argument that he is joining the elite status at quarterback.
Brady makes Patriots a winner
Undervalued and underappreciated at times, Tom Brady makes the New England Patriots go.
After winning Super Bowl XXXIX over the Eagles:
"We never self-proclaimed ourselves anything.We just love playing football. I know it sounds cliché, we keep saying we are just a team but we are."
On his performance in a Super Bowl victory over the Panthers in 2003:
"I don't know how I do it. We just were trying to keep our poise. You realize in games like this you've got to play for 60 minutes. We made enough plays toward the end to win it. ... That's what happens in Super Bowls."
On being a leader:
"I'm more comfortable in a leadership role. Because of that, my personality comes out a bit more. If I want to say something, I say it."